Vera Ann Farmiga is no stranger to horror movie enthusiasts. She has worked in the box-office hit horror film franchise of The Conjuring. She earned significant recognition for her breakthrough role in the drama Down to the Bone.
Nevertheless, Farmiga has established herself as a versatile actress with her determination and has had multiple critically acclaimed performances. Here we will discuss seven facts of the actress.
Vera Farmiga, born on August 6, 1973, is currently 46 years old. She was born in Clifton, New Jersey, to Michael Farmiga and Lubomyra Spas Farmiga. Her father worked as a systems analyst but later as a landscaper while her mother worked as a school teacher.
Though Vera Farmiga's parents were born in Ukraine, her mother grew up in the United States while her father was raised in Argentina. Moreover, in New Jersey, Farmiga grew up in Ukraine-speaking region and learned to speak English at the age of six.
Moreover, Michael Farmiga played soccer in his formative years, becoming scouted for Argentina's national team. Needless to say, the 46-years old actress is fluent in English and Ukrainian and can mildly speak French and Spanish.
George Clooney and Vera Farmiga worked in the comedy-drama movie Up in the Air. The film became a box office hit with Famiga earning an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film.
In a Q&A session with the Chicago Tribune, she recalled fans reaction to 'dumping George Clooney in the movie,'
"Women either cheer or I get a big thumbs-down. They cheer because I think anybody with the gumption to candidly be themselves and act upon their own needs selfishly without apologies is pretty impressive. At the same time, some of the women also say, How could you do that to your family?”
Nevertheless, Clooney and Farmiga are good-friends off-screen despite breaking his heart on-screen. In addition to Clooney, she also shares a friendly relationship with Bates Motel co-stars: Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, and Max Thieriot.
The classic Hitchcock psychological horror movie Psycho has no wonder left its mark in Hollywood even after 59 years of its initial release. In 2013, Vera Farmiga starred as Norma Bates, deceased mother of Norman Bates, in the contemporary prequel of Psycho in the television series Bates Motel.
The 46 years old actress left no stones unturned in keeping up with the eminence of the fictional character. She started studying Muay Thai boxing during the second season of Bates Motel and lent her singing voice and piano skills for the series.
However, while filming for the final scene of the third season finale, Farmiga sustained an injury that caused her to be admitted to the emergency room. Nevertheless, she gave a spectacular performance, winning a Saturn Award and a People's Choice Award along with Emmy Award nomination.
Vera met her first husband, Sebastian Roche while working together in the series Roar, the series which helped her pay her student loans. The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in 1997. After seven years of relationship, they divorced in 2004.
When introduced to musician Renn Hawkey by a mutual friend, Allen Hughes, on the set of Touching Evil, both shared an instant connection and went on to date for a long period. Later, the couple married on September 13, 2008.
At this time around, the 46-years old actress was five months pregnant with their first child. Hawkey and Farmiga have two children: a son Fynn McDonnell Hawkey born in 2009, and a daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey born in 2010.
Vera Farmiga has one older brother and five younger sisters. Her brother's name is Victor Farmigo, while her sisters are Stephan Farmigo, Nadia Farmigo, Alexander Farmigo, Laryssa Farmigo, and Taissa Farmigo.
While other siblings are not active in the entertainment industry, Taissa, who shares a natural ability in performing a varied role and an uncanny resemblance with Vera, is following her sister's footsteps. She started her career with Vera's directorial debut movie Higher Ground.
The sisters share a great bond with Vera calling her little sister her "surrogate child.” In an interview with Parade magazine, the 46 years old stated, “We are best friends, but I like to think I have parented her in a way, too.”
Taissa is prominent for her performance in American Horror Story along with actors like Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, and many more.
Multi-talented Farmiga had a dream of becoming an optometrist but later changed her mind and graduated with an acting degree. She worked in Broadway shows like Taking Sides. After her stage works, she worked in film Rose Hill then a lead role in series Roar.
In her 23-years old career, she has worked in successful movies like Down to the Bone, The Departed, Running Scared, Joshua, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Orphan, Up in the Air, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Annabelle Comes Home. All of these have helped Vera Farmiga amass the net worth of $10 Million as of 2020.
The 46-years old actress plays as Elizabeth Lederer in the television mini-series When They See Us. For her performance in the series, Vera received her second Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress.
In the series, along with Farmiga, actors like Jharrel Jerome, Asante Black, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marquis Rodriguez, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Freddy Miyares, and Kylie Bunbury also have significant roles.
Nevertheless, Farmiga has numerous projects that are all set to release in 2020, including the reprisal of her most beloved character Lorraine Warren in the movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It that will release on September 2020.